Corporation Governing Body

David Sherlock CBE, MPhil, FCGI

David was Deputy Director of the National College of Art & Design, Dublin; Principal of Winchester School of Art; Head of Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design; and Development Director of the Royal College of Art. In 1993 he joined the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) as Senior Inspector before establishing the Training Standards Council (TSC) in 1997 as CEO and Chief Inspector: the first inspectorate to assess work-based learning. In 2001 he launched the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) as CEO and Chief Inspector of Adult Learning for England, bringing together inspectors from TSC, the FEFC and parts of Ofsted. In 2007 he became a Director of Beyond Standards Limited, a specialist consultancy which has worked in over 20 countries and extensively in the UK. David has been a Board member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA); founding Chair of the National Skills Academy for Social Care; founding Chair of GTA England; President of the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE); Vice-Chair of the Chartered Institution for Further Education; Chair of the Quality and Standards Committee, City & Guilds; and a Deputy Commissioner for Further Education. He was Professional Lead for the Lingfield Inquiry into Professionalism in Further Education. 

David was Chair of Prospects Learning Foundation, 2013-14, and the founding Chair of PROCAT.

Theo Steel FCIT

Theo is a very experienced strategic manager who has had a long and distinguished career in the Railway industry. Currently running his own business Theo was previously Project Director for National Express East Anglia and in this role heavily involved with the planning of the Olympics and Crossrail. Theo has an impressive track record of public service which includes Chairman of Renaissance Southend (URC), Chairman of Southend Business Partnership and Chairman of Essex Economic Partnership.

Bala Mahendran
Vice Chair

Bala is an experienced senior public servant who, until recently, was the Chief Executive at Basildon Borough Council.  Home to over 180,000 residents and more than 6,500 businesses employing around 85,000, Basildon is the second largest economy in the Thames Gateway region outside of Canary Wharf.  During his career Bala was involved in a number of transformational projects and regeneration schemes. Bala has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and is currently Chair of the Basildon Community Safety Strategy Group, a statutory multi agency partnership, as well as being the former Chair and a current member of the Essex Chief Executives Association (ECEA) and the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership (TGSE).


Rachel Richards BSc, FCA
Managing Director, DSA Electrical Ltd

Rachel is a Chartered Accountant and after graduating in Accounting at the University of Hull, she undertook an apprenticeship with Moores Rowland Chartered Accountants between 1996 and 1999. Once qualified, Rachel joined the insurance broker Willis Towers Watson, and worked firstly in Ipswich as a consolidation accountant, before moving to London to work as Financial Controller. She then joined the award winning family business, founded by her father, and used her commercial experience to run the back office before taking over as Managing Director in 2013. Rachel is passionate about upholding the company values of innovation, excellence and integrity on which the business was founded, and central to this is the Company's apprenticeship programme. The current skills shortage is a critical issue for anyone running construction businesses and as a result the company regularly gets involved in activities with young people to demonstrate the fulfilling careers the construction sector can offer to young men and women alike. Rachel is proud to represent the construction sector for PROCAT and has involvement with the Construction GTA and the Audit Committee.


Peter McKee
Vice Chair

Peter retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of L-3 TRL Technology Limited in 2012 after nine years with the company. TRL employs 400 people in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, producing advanced electronic warfare and national security systems for the UK and overseas defence and government customers.

Prior to joining TRL Peter spent 36 years with Raytheon, a leading aerospace and defence company. His last position with the company was as Chief Executive of Raytheon Systems Limited, responsible for all Raytheon’s defence and government operations in the UK. During his tenure Raytheon won a number of key contracts here including the £900 million ASTOR airborne surveillance system. Peter formerly held a number of Chief Executive positions within Raytheon’s European businesses, including the business jet manufacturer, Raytheon Corporate Jets, semiconductor company TAG in Zurich and motor controls supplier BSG in Balingen, Germany. His first assignment as chief executive was with the UK based software and systems company, Data Logic, having formerly been Financial Director.

Peter has been closely involved in further education since 1986, when he became a governor of Stanmore College, a tertiary college in the Borough of Harrow, and subsequently served as Chair of Governors. He was also a non-executive Board Member of the Adult Learning Inspectorate for four years and helped to oversee that organisation’s merger with OFSTED in April 2007. 

Sue Dare MBE

Sue recently retired as Principal and CEO for Northbrook College, Sussex . She has over 30 years’ experience of FE and Apprenticeships, gaining an MBE for her services to education.  Sue started as a teacher and apprenticeship assessor and progressed to be an FE manager.  She spent four years in the Learning and Skills Council before returning to senior leadership roles in Colleges which included quality improvement, two mergers and substantial culture change, while also maintaining financial stability and high standards of teaching and learning. 


Stephen Metcalfe
MP - South Basildon and East Thurrock

Stephen Metcalfe is Member of Parliament for the Essex constituency of South Basildon and East Thurrock, a seat he has held since 2010.

He was recently elected as Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, after serving as a member of the Committee during the whole of the last Parliament from 2010-2015.

Besides this, Stephen is a trustee of Newton’s Apple, a charity that helps young scientists bridge the gap between Science and Parliament.

He is also Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, which provides an important link between Parliament and scientific bodies, science-based industry, and the academic world.


Catherine Weissand
Staff member

Catherine was born in North London and moved to Hertfordshire in her mid-twenties. Catherine moved to Essex 10 years ago and has two teenage children. Catherine has worked for PROCAT for 4 years and is an Apprenticeship Advisor for Building Services but has also covered construction.

Previously Catherine worked in ITeCs in London on the old Youth Training programs and adult education courses and have always had a passion for the education sector.

Aside from her career with PROCAT, Catherine works at the weekends for Essex County Council as a Registration Officer conducting and registering wedding ceremonies.

Corporation Board Meeting Minutes:

1st September 2014

17th October 2014

10th December 2014

25th February 2015

6th May 2015

21st July 2015

16th October 2015

9th December 2015

10th February 2016

4th May 2016

20th July 2016

25th August 2016

31st October 2016

7th December 2016

8th February 2017

9th June 2017

20th July 2017

27th October 2017

28th October 2017

13th December 2017

31st January 2018

22nd February 2018

22nd March 2018

27th April 2018

17th May 2018

28th June 2018

19th July 2018

23rd August 2018

27th September 2018

Audit and Risk Committee Meeting Minutes:

14th October 2014

20th January 2015

20th April 2015

30th June 2015

23 November 2015

17th March 2016

21st June 2016

20th October 2016

30th November 2016

3rd May 2017

19th June 2017

30th November 2017

22nd March 2018

27th April 2018

19th July 2018

Other Documents

Financial Statement - July 31 2017

Financial Statement - July 31 2016

Financial Statement - July 31 2015

Subcontracting Policy 2017/18
Published 1st November 2017

Subcontracting Partner Payments 2016/2017
Please also refer to the above Subcontracting policy. 

Subcontracting Partner Payments 2015/2016
Please also refer to the above Subcontracting policy. 

Freedom of Information Act Policy

Statement in support of anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking legislation

Health and Safety Policy